Thursday 18th April 2019

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon two WOOD SANDPIPERS from Meerend Thicket hide. One remained until 6:45pm at least. Also four Little Ringed Plovers, two Green Sandpipers and two Little Egrets. (Ian Hull). Pics by Mike. first pic Wood and Green Sandpiper for comparison.

Wood Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper 180419

Wood Sandpiper 180419

Little Ringed Plovers 180419

Stinchcombe Hill    A male RING OUZEL feeding around 7th tee and five Wheatears, increasing to 15 this morning. Also a small movement of Meadow Pipits and Linnets heading W. (James Robinson).

Cleeve Hill     At least five RING OUZELS still this morning. Also nine Wheatears. (Andy Chapman). A male Cuckoo on Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve 11:45am. (Martin Greenish).

Sharpness     A WHINCHAT just S of the picnic site. Also three Wheatears including one Greenland bird. 75 Curlews and 40 Whimbrels flew high NE over SARA this evening. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Whinchat 180419

Saul Warth    23 and 13 Whimbrels through and five on the river, a Bar-tailed Godwit, four Oystercatchers, a Greenshank heard and five Wheatears. Also a wader flock of c20 Curlews, eight Bar-tailed Godwits and five Knot flew through. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     Two Common Sandpipers on Woorgreens Lake on separate islands. In the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area two Tree Pipits, at least four Goldcrests and a FIRECREST. (Martin Harrison/John Casswell). At Nagshead, around Lower Hide two Pied Flycatchers, two Redstarts, a Jay, two Coal Tits and a Grey Wagtail. Another Pied Flycatcher singing at the lower junction of the short and long trails. (Steve Brown/Suren Akkaraju/Jake King/John Fletcher). Also at Nagshead ten Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, a male Goshawk over, ten Nuthatches, a pair of Willow Warblers, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard drumming. (Jake King/John Fletcher). At Parkend by the Fountain Inn two Dippers at 11am. From New Fancy View five Buzzards, a Red Kite and a Raven at midday. Also a Mistle Thrush, five Lesser Redpolls and Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. (Suren Akkaraju/Jake King/John Fletcher).

Ebley    A Grasshopper Warbler reeling and seen briefly in the hedge by the front garden on Foxmoor Lane. Also an early morning visit from the Ring-necked Parakeet again. (Steve Kear).

Berkeley shore     Early morning a Brambling over NE, a White Wagtail, six Yellow Wagtails, a Common Sandpiper, four Wheatears and a Reed Warbler. (Paul Taylor). At 5:55pm 44+ Curlews and at least two Bar-tailed Godwits flew high N upriver from Berkeley Pill. Also two Wheatears, two Swallow, three House Martins, 12+ Teal, a male Blackcap, two Skylarks and a Buzzard. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Aylburton Common     A Cuckoo calling at 8:05am. (Martin Vaisey).

WWT Slimbridge     A Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover on the Rushy. Two Greenshanks on South Lake. (Ken Mihill).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 30 Linnets, a pair of Yellowhammers and a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat. (Ian Hull). Also at south meadow four Wheatears on the ‘brown’ field. (Les Ditchburn). Along the canal all singing three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, five Sedge Warblers and a Reed Bunting. Also from the hide this afternoon the drake GARGANEY again, c20 Teal, 12 Wigeon, five Shelducks, two Gadwalls, a Shoveler, 3+ Redshanks, 8+ Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, two Grey Heron, 2+ Little Ringed Plovers, two Mute Swans and two Canada Geese. Also Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies. (Keith White/Mike Smart).

Cockbury Hall (SO 8429)     Late afternoon a female Redstart. (Mike Smart).

Nympsfield     Red Kite over the top of Owlpen wood today at 3:10pm. (Paul Sutton).

Tewkesbury     At the Mythe Reserve today four Buzzards, Blackcaps, a Grey Heron, Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, a female Sparrowhawk, Wrens, Stock Doves, and a pair of Long-tailed Tits. Other sightings included Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue butterflies, Seven Spot and Sixteen Spot Ladybirds and four Dock Bugs. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham     Sparrowhawks are nesting again in Pittville Park. (John Sanders). At Pittville Lawn at midday a Buzzard calling but not seen. Robins and Long-tailed Tits appear to be nesting in the same garden bush. At Prestbury Racecourse Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Robin and Blackbird all heard but not seen. Also Peacock, Orange Tip and Holly Blue butterflies. (Howard Taylor). Pic by John.

Sparrowhawks 180419

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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